Following the footstep of his father, Willie Geist commenced a career in Journalism. As a Journalist with over two decades of enriching career, the reporter has established himself among the top MSNBC Reporters.
American journalist William Russell Geist is reckoned as the co-anchor of the MSNBC TV show, Morning Joe along with his work colleague, Joe Scarborough, and Mika Brzezinski. He is also the 2018 honoree of “The Father of the Year" awarded by National Father’s Day Council.
What Is Willie Geist’s Net Worth?
The 43-year-old journalist has collected the total net worth of $6 million from his professional Journalism career since 1997. He summons his salary as the co-anchor of MSNBC morning talk program, Morning Joe since 2007.
Besides MSNBC, Willie receives a lucrative salary as the anchor of NBC morning TV program, Weekend Today. With a Journalism career, which spans over two decades, Willie’s yearly salary is $2.5 million.
Willie career started in the late 90s when he used to work as a producer and editor for CNN Sports Illustrated until 2002. After that, the reporter allied with reporter Max Kellerman for Fox Sports Net program I, Max. In 2005, he joined MSNBC as the senior producer with Tucker Carlson for the show The Situation with Tucker Carlson. He then became the host of Today Show in 2010 after replacing Matt Lauer, who was married to Nancy Alspaugh.
The correspondent was named as the 77th Annual Father of the Year Awards on 11 June 2018 held at the Sheraton New York Times Square. The honor is bestowed upon people, whose works are directly influenced and directed towards philanthropical work.
Married High School Sweetheart; Wife Owns Strategic Design Firm
Willie and his wife, Christina Sharkey were high school sweethearts, who knew each other since grade six. During the time of the senior year, the pair developed a romantic relationship. After high school, Willie planned to pursue his education at Vanderbilt University, but Christina opted for the University of Virginia. Nevertheless, his then-girlfriend transferred her education to Vanderbilt to salvage their relationship.
The couple had an on- and off-relationship after completing their graduation. The couple started dating again in Christmas 2000 when Willie and Christina's parents intervened in their relationship. Subsequently, in 2002, Willie and Christina got engaged.
Willie then shared the wedding vows with his high school girlfriend in Humacao, Puerto Rico on 24 May 2003. Together, the duo shares two children; daughter Lucie Joy and son George William. Their daughter Lucie was born in 2007, and son George arrived as the newest member of the Geist family in 2009.
Willie and Christina with their kids Lucie and George at the 2016 Good Foundation event (Photo: People.com)
In addition to their great marriage and kids, Willie’s wife owns a strategic design and branding firm named True Geist. His spouse, Christina also runs an e-commerce gift shop, Boombox Gifts, which she started since September 2015.
Willie is a wonderful father of two kids who won the 2018's Father of the Year. Although he won the award, he had an unpleasing incident involving his kids, which made him question his fatherhood. He had taken his kids at the Central zoo where they enjoyed mozzarella sticks, and chicken fingers but the next day his children’s became violently ill.
Along with Christina, Willie celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary in May 2018. His wife Christina shared their love story to her followers and said that 15 years ago, her dream came true by marrying the man of her life in the Puerto Rican church.
During Christina's 44th birthday on 19 February 2019, Willie also gushed about their wedding and said that 16-years ago, he looked up the Puerto Rican aisle at the Concatedral Dulce Nombre de Jesús in Humacao where he waited to tie a knot with her.
Journalist Father; Stumped After Sister Won The 2017 Oscars
Apart from his career success, Willie is known to be the son of TV Journalist Bill Geist and his wife, Jody Lewis Geist. He has a lot of admiration towards his 73-year-old father, who always taught him the real value of money and leadership.
His father Bill worked as a columnist for the New York Times and also with CBS Sunday Morning. In May 2013, Willie revealed appearing on CBS Sunday Morning that his dad hid from his family and viewers that he had Parkinson’s disease. He added that it was hard to comprehend living with Parkinson's and to find out that his father was one in a million people of the United States who suffered the agony of the fatal disease.
Among other family members, Willie has a younger sister named Libby Weist, who is a film producer. She helmed the production cost of the 2016 American documentary, O.J.: Made in America, which won the prestigious 2017 Oscar Awards. Willie continually supported his sibling for her nominated documentary and got baffled after she won the prestigious claim.
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The American TV personality, age 43, was born on 3 May 1875 in Evanston, Illinois as per wiki. Willie stands at the height of 1.93 m (6’ 4”) tall and belongs to a white ethnicity.
Willie attended Ridgewood High School and later completed his graduation from the Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.